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PPT VISION Announces PPT861-SH™ 3D and 2D Inspection System Sale

Datalogic USA, Inc.

MINNEAPOLIS, March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PPT VISION, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPTV) announced today that it has received an order for over $300,000 for a PPT861-SH™ 3D and 2D inspection system from a major U.S.-based semiconductor manufacturer.  The system will be used for high-speed scanning and inspection of BGA semiconductor components.

The PPT861-SH is a high-speed inspection system designed specifically for the inspection of semiconductor components in strip form prior to singulation. Handling components in strips, rather than individually, is an increasingly popular approach used by semiconductor manufacturers in their effort to minimize damage to the fragile components as they go through the various packaging and test operations.  Utilizing PPT's patented Scanning Moire Interferometry™ (SMI™) 3D technology, the system performs 3D measurements at speeds many times faster than traditional approaches.  In addition, the integrated system incorporates high-speed 2D inspection capability utilizing PPT's DSL™ vision systems.  The result is a comprehensive 3D and 2D inspection of the components while still in a strip form.  The system includes a complete handling solution for the strips, as well as a 2D-Matrix code reader for mapping and reporting inspection results. The Company expects to ship this system in its third quarter of fiscal year 2002.

'The receipt of this order by our Microelectronics Systems Division (MSD) is a testament to our intense focus on providing innovative inspection solutions for the back-end semiconductor industry, especially at this time of significantly reduced levels of capital spending in this industry,' stated Mr. Joseph C. Christenson, President of PPT VISION.  'The PPT861-SH system is unique in its ability to handle, scan and inspect semiconductor components in strips -- an emerging and increasingly preferred method of handling components in the back-end.  Our system is capable of scanning, at very high speeds, both leaded and balled components, and its versatility, speed and inspection accuracy gave it the edge over several competitors for this very important sale.  We expect the PPT861-SH to be a significant catalyst to future growth for PPT VISION as economic conditions improve,' concluded Mr. Christenson.

PPT VISION, Inc. designs, manufactures, markets, and integrates 2D and 3D machine vision-based automated inspection systems for manufacturing applications.  Machine vision-based inspection systems enable manufacturers to realize significant economic paybacks by increasing the quality of manufactured parts and improving the productivity of manufacturing processes. The Company's 2D machine vision product line is sold on a global basis to end-users, system integrators, and original equipment manufacturers (OEM's) primarily in the electronic and semiconductor component, automotive, medical device, and packaged goods industries.  The Company's SpeedScan 3D™ sensor, incorporating the Company's patented high-speed Scanning Moire Interferometry™ technology is sold to original equipment manufacturers for specific applications.  The Company's PPT861™ 3D scanning system, which uses the Company's SpeedScan 3D sensor, is an application-specific inspection solution targeted at inspection of leaded and bumped components in the semiconductor back-end manufacturing process, inspection of surface-mount electronic connectors, and inspection of components used in hard disk drives. The Company's Common Stock trades on the Nasdaq National Market tier of The Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol PPTV.  For more information, please see the PPT VISION, Inc. web site at http://www.pptvision.com.

Forward Looking Statements
The discussion above contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements by their nature involve substantial risks and uncertainties as described by PPT VISION's periodic filings.  Actual results may differ materially depending on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to the following: changes in worldwide general economic conditions, cyclicality of capital spending by customers, PPT VISION's ability to keep pace with technological developments and evolving industry standards, worldwide competition, and PPT VISION's ability to protect its existing intellectual property from challenges from third parties and other factors.  Additional information with respect to the risks and uncertainties faced by PPT VISION may be found in the section 'Business' under the caption 'Important Factors Regarding Forward-Looking Statements' contained in its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 10-K for the year ended October 31, 2001 and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

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